Carlisle couple subjected to online abuse over daughter's temporary tattoo

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A couple have suffered a barrage of online abuse because they allowed their three-year-old to have a three-hour tattoo.

Carlisle based tattoo artist Wayne Fisher, 26, and his wife Jade, 29, are both adorned with numerous tattoos.

They are adamant that they wouldn't dream of giving their children permanent body art of any kind, though they were happy to let their daughter Jazmine to have a temporary tattoo.

Their friend Vicky McAdam, 48, gave the youngster a spray-on arm tattoo - part of a growing trend imported from the United States.

The decorations are strictly temporary, and easily washed off.

But when the story of Jazmine's short-lived tattoo was featured on a national newspaper's website, with a headline that failed to point out it was temporary, scores of people went online to comment.

The couple, from Stanwix, have been horrified that the thousands of online comments on social media have included hundreds that were viciously negative, with some suggesting people with tattoos are stupid.

“We don't even agree with allowing children to have their ears pierced,” said Wayne. “But this was a temporary tattoo.

“It was gone in a few hours.”

Jade, also a devoted stepmum to Bradley, seven, said the couple were invited as tattooed parents to travel to over to the North East so that Vicky could spray Jazmine's arm for a story about children who enjoy temporary tattoos that make them look like mum and dad.

Their visit, along with pictures of Jazmine sporting an arm covered in skull tattoos, was featured on a national newspaper website, triggering an avalanche of hurtful comments.

Jade said: “Vicky started her venture originally for parents who didn't want to go through having real tattooes but then she veered off into doing it for kids' birthday parties and celebrations.

“When we got there, Jazmine asked if she could have princesses sprayed on her arm but Vicky said she only had skulls.”

Confident that their daughter was happy to have the temporary tattoo offered, they allowed Vicky to go ahead and their daughter loved it – though within a few hours the image was gone.

“It was meant to be a bit of light-hearted fun,” said Jade.

Yet within hours of the story going online, readers were posting abusive and nasty comments, with one suggesting that “having a neck tattoo is one step up from having a lobotomy.”

Jade said: “Jazmine loved every second of it.“She idolises her mum and dad and we got some lovely pictures of her getting it done. Then we drove home.

“We went online and people who obviously hadn't read the full article started making comments, suggesting that we're terrible parents – and saying really hurtful things.

“One woman said I was the most unattractive woman she'd ever seen! I could understand it if we'd done something wrong. But we've all been to birthday parties and had our faces painted. This is no different.”

As for the skulls, Jade and Wayne said they are no different to the spooky artwork enjoyed by children at Halloween, or the charactes paraded on stage at Christmas pantos.

The story created such a media storm that the couple were invited to appear on ITV's Loose Women and on Good Morning Britain.

“We love our children and we're good parents,” added Jade.

“This whole thing has been taken completely out of context. Wayne is a talented man and I run my own business, a barbers, with my mum

“In that job I meet people from all walks of life: I cut the binman's hair, the lawyer's hair, a judge's hair, and they all see me as Jade, the mum, wife, and businesswoman. “Why should I be judged because I have tattoos?”

Wayne, who works at the Black Friers Tattoo House in Devonshire Street, Carlisle, said he and Jade, who married two weeks ago, are victim of a blind prejudice against people with tattooes.

He said: “There were supportive comments.

"But most of the negative stuff was from people of the older generations. Times have changed. People who have tattoos are simply expressing themselves with art on their body.”

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Gary   Thomas , Carlisle Saturday, 01 July, 2017 at 11:31PM
As a child I used to have tattoo from bubble gum. It washed off no probs. It's just the same here. Temporary that's all. No needles no permanent marking. The whole point of this article is how people like you have blown it all out of proportion.
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  Jaye   Morgan , Pontypool Friday, 23 June, 2017 at 7:03PM
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maria   smith , cockermouth Wednesday, 21 June, 2017 at 9:50PM
Gosh I am sat here laughing at some of the off the wall crazy comments, I remember as a child and my own children wanting those transfer tattoo's on an heck they did not just wash you you had to scrub them, its the same to me as having their face painted or small childrens having so much make up on for dance competitions, the little girl wanted it and looked fine, no needles where involved people so get a grip
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Me   , Cumbria Sunday, 04 June, 2017 at 4:19PM
It was a temporary tattoo, what's the big deal? Some people commenting and trolling the parents need to give themselves a good shake, locking the parents up for this, really? Brainwashing? Get real. At least these parents take an interest in their kid and include them in things rather than ignoring them and farming them off on others all the time.
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Earth   Citizen , Milky Way Friday, 02 June, 2017 at 8:26AM
Temporary or not it was a naff decision. How can they claim they don't "even" agree with piercings when they allowed their daughter to be mauled like this. Brainwashing starts at an early age.
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Angela   skelton , Carlisle Sunday, 28 May, 2017 at 12:05PM
Absolutely DISGUSTING !! How can any parent do this to Thier child who has no choice in this what so ever !! They need locking up !
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Alison   Fyfe , carlisle Saturday, 27 May, 2017 at 7:31PM
People pretty judge tattoos, I have them and find most people I known that have them are better people than preach on a Sunday, it's harmless and she looked great unread the original article and realised it was spray on, Good to parents allow a child embrace being like her parents in a fun and harmless way
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dilbert   allioli , carlisle Saturday, 27 May, 2017 at 5:17PM
When will people realise we live in a social media driven world. What one person thinks is good isnt always what other people think is good so the moral is if you cant take the hassle with the praise dont put it online its not rocket science.
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John   , Carlisle Saturday, 27 May, 2017 at 2:45PM
Horrible
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mark   allinson , Carlisle Saturday, 27 May, 2017 at 2:09PM
I can't understand all the fuss about it at the end of the day it washes off and would not scar the child its just a different way of face painting what people allow there child to have all these idiots who gave negative comments and also saying hurtful things should act there age and grow up it just shows how sad people can be
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sjt   , Saturday, 27 May, 2017 at 12:43PM
What harm is this doing? Answer Non.Get a grip people,you will be having a go at kids wo get face paints done next!!.
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Alan   Witlock , carlisle Saturday, 27 May, 2017 at 10:18AM
You are so right, times have changed, and times will change again to a point where people will not be seen dead with tattoos, what then? what will you look like when your skin is old and wrinkly?, me I see a roaring trade in removing them or pressure on NHS?
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